February 06, 2018 11:00AM
But Hines survived. And on Wednesday, Feb. 7, he'll share his story on campus, with a presentation open to students from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the Overman Student Center.
In the 16 years since Hines' nearly fatal try, he's become the bridge between the many mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones who made similar attempts and succeeded — each doing what they did to put an end to unimaginable suffering, with those left behind wondering "Why? What could we have done to help?"
His honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding light through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination, those who have seen his presentation say.
In sharing his story, Hines also aims to foster hope in people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness, difficult life circumstances, and more. His story was featured in the 2006 film The Bridge by the film director and producer Eric Steel.
In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Hines their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. He has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.
He sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation, the Bridge Rail Foundation and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Hines' presentation is sponsored by the PSU Greek Leadership Council.